Comings & Goings: Dukes to finally re-open, in Mokena

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By Bob Bong When Dukes Drive-In closed its longtime home in Bridgeview in 2019 to make way for a Panera Bread, people wanted to know where the restaurant would be relocating and how soon before it was open again. There were all kinds of rumors. None came true. Until now. Dukes Drive-In will be reopening…

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Comings & Goings: Square Celt Ale House closes in Orland Park

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By Bob Bong The popular Square Celt Ale House in Orland Park announced last week the property had been sold and the restaurant was closing, effective immediately. The closing announcement was posted on social media. Restaurant owner Vaughn Hospitality said it would be reaching out to clients who had booked events or made reservations. It…

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Owner dispels rumors of Royalberry closing

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By Bob Bong Frank Salman, owner of Royalberry Waffle House and Restaurant in Palos Heights, has a simple message: “We’re not closed!” Salman said rumors have been rampant in the area that his restaurant of 17 years suddenly closed at the corner of 127th Street and Ridgeland Avenue. “We are not closed. We are going strong,”…

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Experienced bakers buy The Great American Bagel in Palos Heights

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New owners nearly double the menu for breakfast, lunch By Cosmo Hadac When The Great American Bagel’s shop in Palos Heights changed hands late last year, the new owners who walked in the door weren’t exactly new. Manny Rios Sr. and his wife, Silvia, have nearly 50 years of combined experience in the bagel…

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Comings & Goings: Smashburger opens Thursday in Orland Park

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By Bob Bong Get ready Orland Park, you are about to be smashed. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt. In fact, you will probably enjoy it. Denver-based Smashburger will open its newest south suburban location on Thursday at 15061 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park near the new Raising Cane’s, Chipotle and Panera restaurants on the…

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Planet Fitness opens in Bridgeview

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By Steve Metsch Calling it “a great addition to our community,” Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek and village trustees recently celebrated the grand opening of Planet Fitness. The state-of-the-art fitness center opened on Oct. 27 at 8741-51 S. Harlem Ave. “Planet Fitness’s decision to invest in this facility shows their strong commitment and belief in the economic stability and vitality…

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Restaurateur names new Palos Hills café for wife

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By Bob Bong Walter Narsolis surprised his wife a few weeks ago when he converted one of his Fajitas Mexican restaurants into a new breakfast and lunch café and named it in her honor. “I sure surprised her,” Narsolis said. He closed the Fajitas location at 10296 S. 78th Avenue in Palos Hills near the Bridgeview…

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Comings & Goings: USA Liquidators to open Friday in Hickory Hills

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By Bob Bong USA Liquidators, a new store that features closeouts, overruns and stock from stores that went out of business, will open at noon on Friday at 8720 S. 88th Avenue in Hickory Hills. Owners Wally Aiyash and his brother Zeze have been in the real estate business for 30 years and have developed…

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Comings & Goings: Raising Cane’s opens in Orland Park

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By Bob Bong Raising Cane’s chicken restaurant opened the doors to its Orland Park location on Tuesday and it was an immediate hit. The restaurant was the first to open at 15011 S. LaGrange Road. It’s one of the restaurants going up on the former site of Toys R Us. It will feature indoor dining…

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Another south suburban 5 Guys closes

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Another 5 Guys Burgers and Fries has closed its doors for the last time in the south suburbs. The location at 15840 S. Harlem Ave. in Orland Park (in a former Ginos East pizzeria) closed at the beginning of August. No reason was given for the closing in the plaza that hosts a massive Home…

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